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Special Issue "Water Footprint in Supply Chain Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dimitrios Vlachos

Laboratory of Statistics and Quantitative Analysis Methods, Division of Industrial Management, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, P.O. Box 461, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Interests: supply chain management; logistics; sustainable supply chains; applied operational research; management, business restructuring and strategy development
Guest Editor
Dr. Eirini Aivazidou

Laboratory of Statistics and Quantitative Analysis Methods, Division of Industrial Management, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, P.O. Box 461, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Interests: water footprint management; sustainable supply chains; agrifood systems; green corporate image; industrial engineering; transportation engineering; system dynamics; operations research; holistic decision-making

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Freshwater is a fundamental constituent in major production systems. Specifically, the agricultural and industrial sectors utilise 70% and 22% of the global freshwater supplies, respectively. Furthermore, growing world population, climate change and continuing industrialization impose additional stress on freshwater availability. In this context, projections highlight that more than 40% of the world population will be living in regions facing severe water scarcity in 2050. Consequently, as environmentally sensitive consumers press for water-friendly products, the preservation of freshwater resources has emerged as a major challenge for corporations. In fact, an increasing number of leading companies are incorporating water management initiatives into their corporate responsibility agendas to foster the sustainability of their supply chain networks and enhance their green corporate image.

To capture freshwater consumption and pollution across a product’s life cycle, the scientific community has introduced the water footprint concept. Although research on the water footprint assessment of products, and particularly the water footprint assessment of agrifood industry products, is increasing rapidly, there is an evident lack of a systemic integration of the water footprint aspect into the whole spectrum of the supply chain operations. At the same time, given the environmental and economic ramifications of freshwater overexploitation for both society and businesses, prospective research should focus on: (i) the implementation of corporate water stewardship policies, and (ii) the investigation of their impact on water use minimisation, sustainability performance and supply chain configuration.

The aim of this Special Issue is to explore water-related risks and challenges, as well as water management opportunities, in the modern globalised production landscape from a supply chain perspective. In this context, comprehensive reviews, case studies or original research articles that emphasise the assessment, management or optimisation of the water footprint across entire supply chains are invited for submission.

Prof. Dimitrios Vlachos
Dr. Eirini Aivazidou
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Freshwater consumption and pollution
  • Water footprint assessment
  • Water-based life cycle analysis
  • Water management policies
  • Industrial water efficiency
  • Sustainable water use in agricultural processes
  • Sustainable water use in manufacturing processes
  • Freshwater sustainability in supply chains
  • Water footprint of agrifood supply chains
  • Water footprint reporting and labelling
  • Water management and cyclical economy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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